Monterey Peninsula College

The Computer Science and Information Systems department offers comprehensive programs leading to transfer, vocational and job training in a number of areas. Degrees and certificates are offered in Computer Science and Information Systems, Computer Software Applications, and Computer Networking. The curriculum places emphasis on the general principles, concepts, skills and competencies required for future education and work in this field.

Available Courses

This course list provides an overview of courses per college course catalogs. Not all of the courses listed use NETLAB+. For complete information, please see the individual college website.

CSIS 87 - Computer Forensics - 3 Units

This is an introductory course in computer forensics. Students learn to collect and analyze data to uncover attacks and malware. Topics include forensic techniques, using tools based on fundamental understanding of data, security principles, and forensic data analysis to uncover computer crime and computer security incidents. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.

CSIS 89 - CCNA CYBER OPERATIONS (CYBER OPS) - 3 Units

This advanced cybersecurity course covers network security concepts, and techniques used in a Security Operations Center (SOC) to find threats on a network using a variety of popular security tools. The course covers the material required for students to take the CCNA Cisco Cybersecurity Operations certification exams. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.

CSIS 1 - Computer Information Systems - 3 units

This course offers an examination of information systems and their role in business. Focus is on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware, and software components. Application of these concepts and methods is achieved through hands-on projects developing computer-based solutions to business problems. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A

CSIS 10A - Programming Methods I: Java - 4 units

This Java programming course introduces the discipline of computer science utilizing practical hands-on problem solving. Content includes principles of algorithm design, representation of data, objects and classes, arrays, effective programming style, and use of a debugger. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisories: CSIS 9; completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A; MATH 263 • Credit transferable: CSU, UC • GE Credit: MPC, Area A2

CSIS 10B - Programming Methods II: Java - 4 units

This course covers the application of software engineering techniques to the design and development of large programs, grounding students in the use of data abstraction, data structures, and associated algorithms. Coverage includes vectors, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, maps and hash tables, graphs, sorting, searching, and a significant project. May also be offered online.
Prerequisites: CSIS 10A or CSIS 10C • Advisories: CSIS 12; completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

CSIS 10C - Programming Methods I.5: C and C++ - 4 units

This intermediate C and C++ programming course provides deeper coverage of computer science while introducing the interface of software with the physical world. Coverage includes basic syntax, user-defined classes, arrays and STL, and the development of simple linked data structures. Can be taken before or after Computer Science and Information Systems 10B. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Prerequisites: CSIS 9; or CSIS 10A; or ENGR 17 • Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

CSIS 11 - Computer Architecture and Organization - 3 units

This course provides an introduction to the organization and structure of computer systems, machine architectures, elemental computer circuits and systems, and assembly language programming. It explores the mapping of statements and constructs from a high-level language into sequences of machine instructions, as well as the internal representation of simple data types and structures.
Advisories: CSIS 10A; completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A; eligibility for MATH 263 • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

CSIS 12 - Discrete Structures - 3 units

This course is an introduction to the discrete structures used in computer science with an emphasis on their applications. Topics covered include functions, relations and sets, basic logic, proof techniques, basics of counting, graphs and trees, and discrete probability. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online. Prerequisites: CSIS 10A and MATH 13 • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

CSIS 178A - Network Scaling Concepts - 3 units

This course builds on the basic configuration concepts covered in CSIS 177A (or CSIS 177). Advanced concepts in routing and switching including dynamic routing protocols OSPF and EIGRP and STP are covered. Configuration and troubleshooting skills are developed in the course. Portions of instruction may be offered online.
Prerequisites: CSIS 177A (or CSIS 177)

CSIS 50 - MS Office Applications - 2 units

This course is an introduction to office applications as supported by integrated software, both web-based and MS Office Suite of applications programs: MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Corequisite: CSIS 50L • Credit transferable: CSU • GE Credit: MPC, Area E2 (with CSIS 50L)

CSIS 50L - MS Office Applications Lab - 1 unit

This lab provides computer laboratory exercises and analysis of the topics presented in CSIS 50, including introduction to Windows OS, e-mail and web access, and PC- and Internet-integrated software for word processing, electronic spreadsheets, relational databases, and presentation graphics. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Corequisite: CSIS 50 • Credit transferable: CSU • GE Credit: MPC, Area E2 (with CSIS 50)

CSIS 51C - Database Processing - 3 units

This introductory course to database management and design provides a solid, modern foundation in the fundamentals of database processing. Students are introduced to relational database fundamentals, database planning, design methodology, optimization, and normalization. Students also learn Structured Query Language (SQL), relational algebra concepts related to databases, and database and transaction security. This course helps prepare students for the CIW Database Design Specialist certification. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU

CSIS 72A - Managing and Maintaining Windows Server - 3 units

This course presents terminology, concepts, and skills necessary to install, manage, and maintain a Windows server environment, including active directories, server roles, user and group management, and security using group policy. This course prepares students for the Microsoft Server 70-740 certification exam. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisory: CSIS 83A • Credit transferable: CSU • GE Credit: MPC, Area E2

CSIS 75 - Introduction to Computer Hardware/A+ Prep - 4 units

This course covers maintenance and installation of computer hardware and basic electronics to understand digital circuits. The class covers most of the A+ certification material. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisories: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU

CSIS 76A - Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 1 - 3 units

This course introduces networking concepts and builds basic networking skills. Students learn layered models (TCP/IP and OSI), Ethernet networking, basic routing, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, and cabling. Students design and configure a basic network. This Cisco Academy course is the first of a three-part sequence to prepare for CCNA certification. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisories: CSIS 1; completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU • GE Credit: MPC, Area E2

CSIS 76B - Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 2 - 3 units

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. The course also covers configuring and troubleshooting routers and switches and resolving common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. This Cisco Academy course is the second of a three-part sequence to prepare for CCNA certification. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Prerequisites: CSIS 76A • Credit transferable: CSU

CSIS 76C - Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 3 - 3 units

This course introduces Dynamic routing and Access Control list (ACL) concepts and configurations. Students configure NAT, VPN and evaluate techniques for QoS, network security, design, troubleshooting and virtualization. This Cisco Academy course is the last of a three-part sequence to prepare for CCNA certification. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Prerequisites: CSIS 76B (or CSIS 177A) • Credit transferable: CSU

CSIS 80 - Introduction to Unix and Linux - 3 units

This course provides an introduction to the UNIX and Linux operating systems that includes file and directory manipulation, access permissions, process control, networking, security, shell commands and shell programming. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisory: CSIS 1 • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

CSIS 83A - Microsoft Client Operating System - 3 units

This course presents concepts and skills necessary to install, configure, and administer a Windows 10 client operating system environment. Topics include the skills and knowledge necessary to enable students to prepare for the Microsoft Client Operating System Windows 10 certification exam 70-679. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU • GE Credit: MPC, Area E2

CSIS 86 - Network Security Fundamentals/Security+ Prep - 3 units

This course covers the fundamentals of security, using simulators to give hands-on experience with servers, routers and other security devices. Students learn about different types of attacks, security policy, encryption, access control, PKI, authentication, and cryptography. This course covers material necessary to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU

CSIS 87 - Computer Forensics - 3 units

This is an introductory course in computer forensics. Students learn to collect and analyze data to uncover attacks and malware. Topics include forensic techniques, using tools based on fundamental understanding of data, security principles, and forensic data analysis to uncover computer crime and computer security incidents. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Prerequisites or corequisites: CSIS 86 or CSIS 198 • Credit transferable: CSU • GE Credit: MPC, Area A2

CSIS 88 - Security Practices: Penetration Testing and Discovery - 3 units

This is an introductory course in developing penetration testing within the context of properly securing the network from attacks. It covers fundamental concepts of system vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, exploits, and countermeasures are covered. Students are exposed to many computer attack methodologies to enable them to recognize and prevent malicious activity through defense techniques designed to develop better organizational security. The course is designed with a number of hands-on labs to master skills in the topics covered.
Prerequisites or corequisites: CSIS 86 or CSIS 198 • Advisories: CSIS 76A and CSIS 80 and CSIS 83A and ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU

CSIS 89 - CCNA Cyber Operations (Cyber Ops) - 3 units

This advanced cybersecurity course covers network security concepts, and techniques used in a Security Operations Center (SOC) to find threats on a network using a variety of popular security tools. The course covers the material required for students to take the CCNA Cisco Cybersecurity Operations certification exams. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online.
Advisories: CSIS 86 and CSIS 177A; completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU

CSIS 9 - Programming Fundamentals: Python - 3 units

This course introduces the fundamental ideas in computer science using Python, an interpreted, object-oriented programming language known for its ease of use. Students develop skills in the design and implementation of algorithms while working with numerical computation, text processing, graphics, image processing, and networking applications.
This is the recommended first course for computer science majors. Portions of instruction may be offered online; may also be offered fully online. Advisories: CSIS 1; completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A • Credit transferable: CSU, UC • GE Credit: MPC, Area A2

CSIS 98 - Project Development - 2 units

This course provides students experience in project development in a computer-related area of study. Students learn project conceptualization and selection strategies, assessing prior solutions, brainstorming, writing proposals, prototyping, schedule and resource allocation, overcoming obstacles, and assessing and reporting on final deliverables.
Credit transferable: CSU

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